Psalm 80 & Zechariah 13
These two passages are a foreshadowing of the coming of Jesus Christ to the Earth to reconcile the world with God Almighty. And not a single one of the major players on God’s team prior to or following the coming Messiah have the same level of authority over Earth as Jesus who is called the Christ. The number of people who will accept the hearing of the Gospel will be a limited number of people, and those who do accept will be cleansed of their sins and restored as God’s chosen people. All the while, many more people will be left behind due to their unbelief.
This is the vision of what is to come at the second coming of Christ. Consistent with what is told in the prophets of the Old Testament and what was taught by Jesus during his ministry, those who follow will be saved, while those who follow the beast will also feel the same wrath on the day of judgment as the beast itself.
To say that 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement at the very least. We’ve had a global pandemic, tension relating to social justice, and political turmoil in our country, and also across the globe. On top of that, each of us has had our own personal struggles with life, whether it be job loss, job stress, health issues in the family, etc. As they say, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!
And yet, I still have so much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day. Despite all of the things that have happened to the Blaser family over the course of the past 2 months, the bright days still outshine the difficult days. There is the old metaphor that says if you imagine a donut as life and the hole in the middle as what you are missing, you can choose to either focus on the donut or the hole. Over and over again, scripture teaches us to focus on the donut. When we are in the thick of things, it may be nearly impossible to see beyond the hole, but the reality of it is that the donut isn’t far away, and much bigger than the hole.
So find the things each day to be thankful for, even on the days that you are struggling the most. Even in my toughest days, when all hope seems but a figment of my imagination, I try to focus at the very least on the final words of Jesus at the end of Matthew (chapter 28:20), when he says “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” When all hope seems lost, God is still with us to see us through the times of trouble.